Simon Anderson Joins Legends For SurfAid Cup At Malibu
Encinitas, CA (August 30, 2012) –Legendary surfer/shaper Simon Anderson, inventor of the Thruster three-finned surfboard, has confirmed that he will compete in the SurfAid Cup at Malibu on Saturday September 8th, 2012.
The SurfAid Cup will be part of the MSA Classic Invitational, which is presented by the Malibu Surfing Association from September 7th – 9th. Besides the surfing, the fourth installment of the Board Art Benefit for SurfAid will be held on September 7th and 8th at the Quiksilver Store in the Malibu Lumberyard. All events are open to the public.
Twenty unique boards, shaped and painted by leading Californian surf artists, will be shown from 5pm – 8pm on Friday and 10am – 8pm on Saturday. A $10 donation will grant access for guests over 21 to a beer/wine garden at the event between 5pm – 8pm on both days. The Quiksilver Store is located at Malibu Lumberyard at 3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265. www.boardartbenefit.com
In the SurfAid Cup, Simon Anderson will join three-time ASP world champion Tom Curren, four-time ASP women’s world champion Lisa Andersen, 1976 world champion Peter ‘PT’ Townend, and Courtney Conlogue, who finished fifth on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour this year.
Eight teams have registered to compete in the tag team event to raise money for SurfAid: Team WindanSea, Malibu Mavericks, Kaiser Permanente, Malibu Surf Council, The Frank-N-Riders, Surfaiders, The Riehle Good Surfers, and ZJ and Company. The top fundraising teams in order get to pick a pro/legendary surfer to compete on their team and you can donate to the teams here: http://www.stayclassy.org/malibu/events/surfaid-cup-malibu-2012/e17734
Simon said he was looking forward to surfing Malibu for the first time. “I drove past it once, but like everyone else I’ve seen the images and videos of the long walls in the old days with surfers on longboards being pushed off, or dropped in on, by Miki Dora.
“I first heard about Malibu directly from Rick and Paul Neilsen at the 1972 World Titles in San Diego. They had taken the drive up the coast freeway and surfed it. Rick said it was better than Burleigh, which struck me as a huge statement from a staunch Burleigh local as the point barrels there are every surfer’s dream.” Simon said he was also looking forward to resuming his pro tour rivalry with PT. “It will be hometown advantage for him seeing as I have never surfed Malibu,” he said. “And it will be nice to see the flow master Curren on the long walls of Malibu, I’m sure he’s still got it.”
Simon said he hopes the Malibu surfing community will get behind the event. “The thing I like about SurfAid is that they bring health and hope to isolated people in a surfing icon that is Indonesia, the Mentawai Islands and beyond,” he said. “This is an area opening up for surfers globally, which is fine. SurfAid can put a lot back into this poor region that is prone to earthquake and tsunami devastation, and malnutrition, malaria and other diseases, on behalf of us in the name of surfing.”
SurfAid USA Executive Director Randal Schober said SurfAid USA was honored to have Simon competing in the SurfAid Cup Malibu. “And we are so stoked to have such a huge response from the local community in support of our inaugural SurfAid Cup event,” Schober said. “The passionate and philanthropic teams signed up are already competing for fundraising goals and doing all they can to secure a winning edge.
“With so many legendary surfers generously donating their time, the SurfAid Cup is going to be an awesome event to both surf in and watch. Everyone is invited to come down and check it out.” Competition will run from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday September 8th. Immediately following the SurfAid Cup, an intimate gathering for the competitors and celebrity surfers will occur at Café Habana in the Malibu Lumberyard. Invited guests will be able to view the gallery of board art on their way to a complimentary food and beverage celebratory event.
The mission of SurfAid, a non-profit humanitarian organization, is to improve the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. SurfAid’s health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments and disease prevention – including mosquito net distribution. SurfAid has built an award-winning capacity in emergency preparedness and has delivered five emergency response programs following major disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2010 Mentawai tsunami.
Go to www.surfaid.org